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Old March 15th, 2012, 06:05 PM   #1
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Scope recommendation for SOCOM 16?

Hi all, I'm about to add a long-awaited second M1A to the stable: a SOCOM 16. Got a deal on it that I simply couldnt refuse. As you're no doubt aware, the SOCOM 16 comes with an integral forward mount for either a scout scope or a red dot. I'm leaning toward scout scope, but want to hear recommendations for compact ones.

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Old March 15th, 2012, 06:21 PM   #2
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Insight technology MRDS.......along with a JuggerMount M.O.M(Main Optic Mount) due to hit the market in 2 weeks, total weight..........3.5oz...... the MRDS is mil spec....has auto dimming mode that really kicks butt.

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Hi all, I'm about to add a long-awaited second M1A to the stable: a SOCOM 16. Got a deal on it that I simply couldnt refuse. As you're no doubt aware, the SOCOM 16 comes with an integral forward mount for either a scout scope or a red dot. I'm leaning toward scout scope, but want to hear recommendations for compact ones.
I've used a few different set-ups on my SOCOM II and the best things I've found is a Burris Fast Fire red dot sight. It's small enough to not add any weight and sits about as low to the bore as you're going to get on an M1A.

Have fun with your new SOCOM!

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Here is what I just did with my new SOCOM 16... USGI stock, took off the scout rail and replaced the handguard... added a ProMag split-rail mount and low rings to carry one of the new Burris MTAC 1x4 scopes (which I absolutely love, by the way). Its about as low as you can get - which was my goal. I've got about 1/32" clearance betwen the rear aperture and the scope, with the aperture bottomed out. I was hoping for something that would be comfortable without needing a cheek riser, and I got it.

I'm adding a sling/rail underneath so I can mount a light... and at some point I might get a Ultimak rail and possibly add a micro-dot or irons at a 45 degree angle.


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Old March 15th, 2012, 09:52 PM   #5
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Oooh! That's a purty rifle, nebmike! However, I'm thinking that I like the scout setup better - you know, a low power scope with a good FOV that I can use with both eyes open. I'm thinking something along the lines of a 1-4x power scope with perhaps no bigger than a 24mm objective lens. Anyone know of a long eye relief scope meeting those specs?

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Oooh! That's a purty rifle, nebmike! However, I'm thinking that I like the scout setup better - you know, a low power scope with a good FOV that I can use with both eyes open. I'm thinking something along the lines of a 1-4x power scope with perhaps no bigger than a 24mm objective lens. Anyone know of a long eye relief scope meeting those specs?
Thats basically what this is... its one of the new Burris MTAC 1x4's w/24mm objective (its not not an extended eye relief). It works great while using both eyes on 1x and the reticle pattern is very fast to use. It actually looks very similar to an EOTech while looking through it at 1x. They call it a 'ballistic CQ reticle' and they include a spec sheet that shows bullet drop for 150 and 168gr .308 loads corresponding to the reticle so you can use the BDC for hold-overs.

Optics are nice and clear and it didnt break the bank.

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us optics SN-4

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Old March 16th, 2012, 06:09 AM   #8
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Nice rifle - looks like a Scout squad rifle w/o front scope mount.

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Old May 15th, 2012, 10:30 AM   #9
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how would that m-tac work on the stock front rail.

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Old May 15th, 2012, 08:42 PM   #10
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I personally am a huge fan of scout scopes. My SOCOM had a Burris 2-7X32 scout scope on it for a few years and it was awesome, but a bit too heavy. At this point, i would recommend a light scout scope like the Leupold 2.5X. In my opinion, it is a perfect match for the M1A, and a red dot does not let you bring out its true potential. But thats me.

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I'm thinking of putting my M84 from my M1D, on my Socom 16
for a try. I've had a modern scope on the Socom and it works
well enough. But I'd like to see what we can do with an
M84 on there...

Everytime I look into that M84, I am impressed
with the optics; clarity, brightness and focus are superb on that scope.


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Old May 17th, 2012, 06:22 AM   #12
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Here is the dirty little secret of scopes. There are the low end scopes, medium level scopes, high end scopes, and ultra high end scopes. We all want ultra high end scopes but they are very very expensive. There is one scope that I know of that has the quality of a high end scope and the price of a medium range model. It's the Bushnell elite tactical 10x40. They put a lot of features from their high end line on this medium range model without the price. It has super clarity, mil dot reticule, open target turrets that have 100 moa of adjustment!, fully coated lenses, all blacked out, 1" tube, water proof, nitrogen purged . It's a fixed 10x power, one of the most useful powers and used by snipers and target shooters alike. It retails for $250 but if you search you can find it for under $200. In my opinion it's the best scope for the money right now.

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This one is perfect,,but its pricey
http://www.schmidtundbender.de/en/pr...-shortdot.html

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